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Posted by Robin Abrahams  November 18, 2012 12:05 PM

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... is online here. Ever been asked to participate in a wedding you weren't sure ought to happen in the first place? That's where today's LW is. A sample:
 
Love is a mystery, and none of us really knows what goes into, or goes on in, the marriage of another. It isn't hypocritical to celebrate the wedding of two people who you aren't entirely sure ought to be together. It is, however, arrogant to assume that you can plumb the mysteries of the human heart sufficiently to make such a call absolute. I mean, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman broke up, for the love of Moses. This makes it clear to me that no one, anywhere, knows anything about what makes marriages succeed or fail. So don't worry that you're giving a seal of approval to something that shouldn't have one.
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